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The Interpreter
The Interpreter: A Novel | Suki Kim
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Working as a interpreter for the New York City court system, Korean-American Suzy Park makes a startling discovery that casts doubt on the facts surrounding her greengrocer parents' murders five years earlier. A first novel. Reader's Guide available. Reprint.
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Notafraidofwords
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I enjoyed this book. It was far from perfect, but I think it's because it was sold to me as a mystery. & it's really not a mystery. It's a slow (slow) book. But if you want a book about the immigrant experience, this is it. Especially if you are looking to explore the abuse children could experience when the American dream fail the parents that uphold it. What does it mean to want to succeed so badly that you fail your children? All fascinating.

EvieBee I loved this book too! Read it a couple of years ago and couldn't stop raving about it! Coveting your hardcover edition. 😍😍 3y
Notafraidofwords @EvieBee48 thanks! It's a borrow from the library. Have you read her non fiction. I saw an interview with her where she says she is writing a new novel. 3y
EvieBee @Notafraidofwords After reading this one, I bought her non-fiction book about teaching in North Korea and recently heard her NPR interview. Haven't read it yet (Without You There Is No Us) but didn't know she had new fiction in the works. Yay! 3y
Notafraidofwords @EvieBee48 yes! It's actually really similar in the points she makes as the interpreter. You also learn a lot about the war. 3y
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He claimed her, the way she sought him above anyone else in the world...it was this desperate claim that made her feel uneasy... he was never afraid to say what he wanted... he was fearless with her, which she thought could only be love.

kristenlcoates I'm reading her nonfiction book about her time in North Korea right now! I'll be interested to hear your thoughts on this. 3y
Notafraidofwords @kristenlcoates I'm really enjoying it thus far. I like slow books. This was sold to me as a mystery, but it's not. It's about the immigrant experience in NY. It's about a father who cannot love his daughter correctly. It's about the death of people you love and what that means. I like it and some sentences just blow me away. 3y
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Notafraidofwords
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This book is so so depressing...every time I pick it up...it's like watching a dark cloud form over it...and I must be some weirdo because I love it thus far. Anyone else love depressing books? (Loved the sandwich too.)

Bry Yes! Are we gluttons for punishment? I think maybe it's because in "real life" I'm not very emotional so books that incite any strong emotions seem extra special to me. 3y
Notafraidofwords @Brybop totally understandable. I think I'm super emotional in private so books allow me to pour my emotions into them. 3y
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